Control System

There are two types of Industrial Control Systems: ones that have been compromised and ones that will be compromised in the future. How vulnerable is your ICS? What can you do about it?

Industrial Control System (ICS) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) cybersecurity are skyrocketing in significance, but the attention to the issue is not rising at a similar level. If a process facility relied on conventional security methods - and on security product manufacturers to create patches for security breaches - it would only be partially protected. Firewalls and air gaps are good security precautions but are only part of a complete security solution.

Commissioning is a team effort to document the continuity of a project as it moves from one project phase to the next. To achieve commissioning excellence requires that the testing documents be accurate and written in an orderly fashion. The Documentation Gatekeeper, a.k.a the Commission Lead, is responsible to develop, teach, implement, and guard the integrity of the process to produce accurate testing documents.

The purpose of this article is to outline general, acceptable best programming practices across all control system platforms. The intent is not to define how to program specific functions, but to cover a level of programming content that provides an exceptional deliverable, consistent in approach and well planned.

As the popularity of craft beer continues to grow, so do the options available to brewers for packaged OEM brewing systems. These systems come in a wide variety and are a great way to start off. However, these standard systems sometimes lack key features that can improve the brewing process. I discuss some of these shortcomings in my recent interview with Crooked Handle Brewing head brewer, Jason Moore.

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